When Monk retired wasn't he the NFL leader in receptions? And how many people have passed him since then? Tim Brown and Jerry Rice? If i'm right and he's third (or even in the top 10) in career receptions then he should be in there.
I was so glad Hampton made it. As a lifelong Bears fan, I felt he was underappreciated with guys like Singletary, McMichael, and the Fridge around him. He was a great player, and I am glad to see him get his recognition.
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Even as a Seahawks fan and therefore Raider hater, I have to admit when I think of the prototypical NFL punter, I think of Ray Guy. Honestly, I don't know if there are any punters in the Hall, but if there are, they are definitely one more short.
Art Monk does have great numbers and probably will be in the hall. They had to rectify the John Stallworth situation this year, and will probably square things with Aet Monk next year.
Parcells will be there when everybody's satisfied he's not coming back, I think.
John Madden made his case for Lester Haynes on his All-Madden special yesterday sort of.
Greenwood and Shell are going to have a tough go of it with so many of their teammates already in methinks. Both were very good and probably deserving.
The lame part of all this is the stupid limiting of numbers that can go into the HOF each season. There are SO MANY MORE "Starting" football players on a given team that there are in any other major sport that there HAVE to be more HOFers. Ridiculous random nonsense.
Y'know, looking at that list, I imagine it would have been hard for me to leave any of the candidates off. I mean, I don't think you could look at anyone here and say, "He was the very best ever at what he did" as you could in some recent classes. But they're all so close to each other and all deserving of a spot... I'm glad Stallworth is finally in, and agree with Drew that since that saga's over, Monk goes in next. Ray Guy should go in. He was a great punter for a lot of years, and specialists deserve to be in... hey, they make the team, they're legitimate NFL players, and when you're the class of your position for that long, you deserve to be in. I was surprised "Danimal" got in, too. Figured it would take him a long while, if at all. Probably got in on the strength of the "I don't want to piss off Singletary" vote. As for the Tuna, yeah, he's going to wait for years, because you always get the feeling he wants to jump back in the game. Finally, anyone believe reports that Modell missed inclusion due to the passionate politicking of Cleveland area sportswriters? Karma's funny, although I'm sure he'll make it next time.
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In silencing the cynic within me, I can't help but think "love of the game". There is nary a man alive who's suited up and played that doesn't have a gleam in his eye whenever he recants his playing days, no matter how menial.